The Open Dimension
Commentary on social issues; politics; religion and spirituality
- Name: Alfred McGuire
- Location: Laguna Hills, California, United States
I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The Republican Party: You're Afraid To Call It Evil?
The Republican party came into being in the early 1850s. Its purpose was to foster the abolition of slavery, the provision by the government of free land in the west, equal protection of the law for Americans and voting rights for blacks and women. Abraham Lincoln was the party’s first elected president.
The Republican party I just described ceased to exist a long time ago. Early on it was taken over by wealthy corporate interests which were- and are- directly and overtly opposed to the founding principles of the party- and the country for that matter. Republican politicians- who are in fact not Republicans at all in the original sense of the word- are devoted solely to fostering the interests of the wealthiest minority. They view the general population as a force to be kept in line, considering any expansion of the wealth, privileges, liberties and rights of the American people as a threat to their supremacy and as money out of their pockets. Lincoln, were he alive today, would renounce and condemn this modern so-called "Republican" party as in no way associated with the party he belonged to. There is absolutely no doubt about that. These “Republicans” are violently opposed to equality in any sense of the word. They are fully dedicated to insuring that the United States be a mercantile aristocracy of wealth and that the general population be subjects of that ruling oligarchy. Not citizens in the true sense of the word. Subjects.
That’s why the “Republicans” have strenuously fought every effort to bring a better life to the American people. They don’t want that. It’s a threat to their power. That’s why they violently- and often murderously- fought the establishment of labor unions. That’s why they fought- and continue to fight- minimum- wage standards. That’s why they fought tooth and nail to defeat social security and medical assistance for the elderly. That’s why they’ve destroyed pensions, forcing the elderly to continue to work until they drop dead on the job. And they’ve fought civil rights and women’s rights and environmental protections and constitutional rights- and on and on and on- for the same damn reason. They want the people to be kept down and they want their own pockets to be filled to the breaking point by the sweat and blood of an enslaved population. Damn it, that’s the truth and you people who naively call yourselves Republicans better hear it. You’re not Republicans at all. You have been conned. What in the name of God Almighty do you have in common with these criminal sons-of-bitches? What?
Dwight Eisenhower, when he left office, warned strongly against the burgeoning power of what he called “the military-industrial complex.” What was he talking about? He was talking about what I’ve been talking about in this post. I’ll put it this way: When all branches of government join as one with big business and the military and embark upon a scheme to derive maximum profit for their elites by securing absolute domination of economic, social and political life, both nationally and internationally, you have what used to be called in Europe “fascismo”- fascism, which of course also implies the lessening and systematic elimination of the rights, liberties and securities of the vast majority of the people. Why? Because absolute domination doesn’t want any competitors. The more power you and I have, the more threatened the elite feels itself to be. It’s a vicious combination of suppression of the people at home and imperialist warfare abroad- warfare for profit that is. And whether you want to hear it or not, that is the malignant cancer that has taken over this nation. It’s killing us as a people. It is destroying our beloved nation. And it is the essence of what the (so-called) Republican party is all about. And don’t think I’m absolving the Democrats, too many of whom are fellow-travelers with the Republicans, no matter how they may try to mask the fact.
This is deadly serious business and the epidemic of denial has to stop. If we don’t face what is happening we are lost. I hear someone even as politically savvy as Bill Clinton talking about all this in terms of being a difference in “political ideology” that will be cleared up if the elections go right. It doesn’t have a damn thing to do with political ideology. The Republicans and their Democratic fellow travelers don’t give a damn about political ideology. They’d use freaking Scientology or any other ology if it suited their purpose. This is all about suppressing and manipulating the population for maximum profit. It’s all about war for profit. How many billions have gone into the pockets of Bush and Cheney’s corporate fraternity brothers as the direct result of the Iraq war? I’m amazed to hear the pundits talk about “the cost of the war.” Who’s getting the money? The soldiers? The money for the supplies, weaponry, the mercenary operations, and so forth and so forth, is all going into the pockets of the merchant elite- in other words the elite of the Republican party. Are you surprised that they want to continue the war for “a hundred years?” The bullshit and the cant has to stop. That’s what’s going on- all at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. Mass murder-for-profit. That’s what’s going on. A war invented to fill the pockets of Bush and Cheney’s fellow-criminal “Republican” cohorts. And too damn many Democrats. My God, this is what the Calvinist money ethic has come to? And we can sit back and let it happen?
This is the most critical moment in our history. If we don’t measure up to it we’re gone. What we have to fight with everything in us is an enormously powerful evil. I know it’s not fashionable to use the word these days; but that’s what it is- a tremendous, treacherous evil. You can call it Fascism or the Military-Industrial Complex or degenerated Republicanism or whatever the hell you want to call it. It is ruthless. It has no conscience. It can kill for profit without batting an eyelash. It is vindictive and merciless. It has no respect whatever for human rights and liberties. It will do anything whatsoever to attain its continuing objective: more and more power for more and more profit. It hides behind the corporate veil and “executive privilege” and considers itself entitled to call whatever it does “right,” It is the direct opposite of what this nation is about. And most unfortunately, it is now in the driver’s seat. It must be defeated. Now .We’re Americans and we can do it.
Bill Clinton: Yes!
As critical as I have been of the Clintons, I have to say that Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic convention this evening was much more than good. It was excellent, not only in conveying unequivocal support for Senator Obama but in terms of a larger impact on the nation. Whatever were the deficiencies in Hillary Clinton’s speech last evening, Bill Clinton’s speech tonight went out of the park in terms of redeeming the bitterness of the primaries and effectuating the unification of the Democratic party.
But it was more than that. This nation needs to hear in the clearest, most understandable and most poignant terms what the devastating effects of Republican rule have been. People need to understand that this country has been in a process of transformation into an aristocracy of wealth as the direct result of the Republican agenda. They need to know without doubt that this process cannot be allowed to continue because it will mean the virtual end of this nation as we have known and loved it. Americans need to know that they are meant to be citizens not subjects to be exploited and discarded by a monied few. In a word, people need to know that what has been happening to this country is lethally dangerous and destructive.
Bill Clinton has the knack for clear presentation. He’s a natural teacher. He is capable of conveying to the nation what is at stake and what must be done Tonight’s speech was a fine example of what he can do. In the past I have urged him to deliver his “Gettysburg Address.” The next few months will provide the opportunity to do it. And the language has to be even stronger, even more pointed than tonight’s. The epidemic of national denial has to be overcome. The reality of how critical this election is has to be brought home to the people in no uncertain terms. Tonight President Clinton showed that he can indeed rise to the occasion. Now let’s see this really get going.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Hillary Clinton: Such A Generous Loser!
The etymology of the word “intelligence” is interesting. The roots of the word derive from the Latin: inter- meaning between and legere- meaning to read--- so “ to read between the lines” is the basic meaning of the word. And the basic lack of intelligence of most of the cable TV pundits came through loud and clear tonight as they lauded Hillary Clinton for her oh-so- magnanimous speech at the Democratic convention. Wow, she mentioned Barack Obama ten times!
Yes, she barely mentioned Obama ten times. And you really don’t have to read that closely between the lines to realize that what she said was exactly what she had to say in order to avoid being pilloried by the party- and not a whit more. The essence of her message runs something like this: I clearly would have made the better president and I am more electable. But because of these damn election technicalities they say Obama won. Well, supporters, now you’re faced with a choice between two evils- McCain or Obama. Well OK, you’ll remember that I said that McCain and I are much more qualified for the presidency than Obama, who can just deliver speeches; but let’s forget about that and just vote for Obama so that at least we Democrats can get back into power. Okay?
Did she spend any time talking about any positive things she noticed about Obama during the primary campaigns? No. Did she talk about his history as a community organizer or a successful reform advocate? No. Did she mention any of his accomplishments in the Senate? No. Did she allude to his successful world tour? No. I won’t go on. But the fact is that she did not talk about Obama at all. All she talked about was herself. And all she said about Barack Obama was- basically- We have to vote for this guy. We have no choice. Clinton did absolutely not a thing more than she had to do in order not to be blamed if Obama were to lose.
Why? Because Hillary- and her husband- are narcissistic super-egoists who are completely convinced that they were cheated out of another occupancy of the White House, an occupancy they are convinced they are entitled to by dint of their obvious superiority to just about anything else on the planet.
If Barack Obama loses this election you would have to try very hard to convince me that the loss was not attributable in large part to the Clintons’ disgraceful behavior during the primaries. Hillary in particular went far beyond the pale in pitting herself and McCain against Obama and attempting to peg him as a mere “speech-writer.” Who ever heard of such a thing before? A Democrat referring to a Republican as superior to a Democratic opponent? If anyone knows of any similar behavior in political history, please advise me because as of this moment I know of no one capable of stooping as low as Hillary Clinton.
Considering what is at stake in this election- the very life of this nation- after eight years of Bush and Cheney and their robber-baron cohorts who have run this country into the ground, there is just no room for the malignant antics of the Clintons. Their ridiculous egos may have already cost us the ball game. If they need to be humored for the time being, so be it. But enough is enough.